What are the benefits of Cacao Powder?
What is cacao powder?
Hidden in the seed pods of the cacao tree, this is where you will find cacao powder. The little beans are harvested, dried and pressed to get rid of all the fatty outer layer and what’s left is then milled to make cacao powder.
Cacao can also come in a nibs form, which can be used in smoothies for example.
Do you know the difference between cacao and cocoa?
Yes, they both come from the cacao bean but there is a difference between cacao and cocoa.
While cacao is made by milling the beans at low temperatures, cocoa is milled at a very high temperature.
What does this mean to you?
Cacao will retain more nutrients and it’s natural flavor, while cocoa may be more processed and be mixed with sugar and other additives.
Is cacao powder good for you?
Cacao can help build your immune system and has heart health benefits too!
Raw cacao powder is jam packed with four times the antioxidant power and of all the natural foods in the world, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value. You can get a really good source of magnesium from the powder, which is important for your nervous system and building strong bones.
What can you do with cacao powder?
Make a cup of hot chocolate with cacao powder. Raw cacao powder contains tryptophan, which helps us to relax and feel sleepy.
Add cacao to a smoothie with almond milk.
Replace all your chocolate needs with cacao for a healthier low carb dessert. Just don’t go over board now!
So why not choose the healthier option? You can only benefit from it.
Do you have a favorite way to use cacao powder? Let me know in the comments!